THINK OF A REDESIGN
Take a good look at your garden and make changes
• Identify prevailing winds, especially hot summer winds and cold wintry blasts, that suck moisture from the air and the plants, making them demand more from the soil. Think of putting in a hedge windbreak.
• Track the path of the sun, as a south-west or westerly aspect can be very hot, dry and withering on summer afternoons. Consider creating shade with a big tree or a canopy.
• Use the sunniest spot in your garden for your vegetable patch and clothesline.
• Plant a bog garden at the bottom of a slope to harness the rainwater that runs down it.
PLANT NATIVES OR SUCCULENTS, AS THEY NEED LESS WATER THAN EXOTICS.